2003–04 Georgetown Hoyas men's basketball team

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2003–04 Georgetown Hoyas men's basketball
Georgetown Hoyas alternate logo.svg
Conference Big East
2003–04 record 13-15 (4-12 Big East)
Head coach Craig Esherick (6th year)
Assistant coach Mike Riley (22nd year)
Assistant coach Jaren Jackson (1st year)
Assistant coach Chuck Driesell (1st year)
Captain Courtland Freeman (3rd year)
Captain Gerald Riley (1st year)
Home arena MCI Center
Seasons
« 2002–03 2004–05 »
2003–04 Big East men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
#9 Pittsburgh 13 3   .813     31 5   .861
#7 Connecticut 12 4   .750     33 6   .846
#21 Providence 11 5   .688     20 9   .690
#20 Syracuse 11 5   .688     23 8   .742
#25 Boston College 10 6   .625     24 10   .706
Seton Hall 10 6   .625     21 12   .636
Notre Dame 9 7   .563     19 13   .594
Virginia Tech 7 9   .438     15 14   .517
Rutgers 7 9   .438     20 13   .606
West Virginia 7 9   .438     17 14   .548
Villanova 6 10   .375     18 17   .514
Georgetown 4 12   .250     13 15   .464
Miami* 4 12   .250     14 16   .467
St. John's* 1 15   .063     6 21   .222
2004 Big East Tournament winner
As of April 5, 2004[1]; Rankings from AP Poll
*Did not qualify for 2004 Big East Tournament

The 2003–04 Georgetown Hoyas men's basketball team represented Georgetown University in the 2003–2004 NCAA Division I basketball season. The Hoyas were coached by Craig Esherick and played their home games at the MCI Center in Washington, DC. The Hoyas were members of the Big East Conference. They finished the season 13-15, 4-12 in Big East play. They lost to Boston College in the first round of the 2004 Big East Men's Basketball Tournament and had no further postseason play. It was the first time since the 1973-74 season that Georgetown did not receive an invitation to either the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament or the National Invitation Tournament.

Season recap[edit]

Senior forward and team co-captain Gerald Riley started all 28 games, completing his string of starting all 125 games of his collegiate career. With power forward Mike Sweetney having left the team over the offseason, choosing to forego his senior year to enter the National Basketball Association Draft, Riley became the team's offensive centerpiece, and he averaged 33 minutes a game for the year. He put in a strong performance early in the season as the team won its first ten games.[2] Sophomore forward Brandon Bowman, meanwhile, also started all 28 games – as he would all 127 games of his collegiate career – and averaged 34 minutes per game. He scored in double figures 24 times and led the team in scoring 12 times. He also led the team in rebounding 20 times.[3]

Sophomore guard Ashanti Cook became a starter this season, starting all 28 games, as he would every game for the rest of his collegiate career. He scored a season-high 18 points against Connecticut and his 106 assists for the year were twice as many as anyone else on the team. He shot 34.4 percent from the field and only 31.9 percent from three-point range, but averaged 9.2 points per game.[4] Junior forward Darrel Owens started the season strong, averaging in double figures in early games and scoring 20 points against Boston College. He also had ten or more rebounds in two games.[5]

The team opened the season 10-0, including a victory over Rutgers in the Big East opener, but won only three more games as virtually the entire team slumped. Riley excelled in the two victories over Miami, scoring 35 points at Miami and then 37 points against the Hurricanes a week later at the MCI Center, the most points scored by a Georgetown forward in a single game since 1965. In the two Miami games combined, he shot 25-for-32 (78.1%) from the field and a perfect 16-for-16 from the free-throw line. Otherwise, however, his numbers went into decline as the team's fortunes fell.[2] Owens also saw his performance drop; during Georgetown' season-ending nine-game losing streak, he never scored in double figures and averaged only 4.5 points per game.[5] Among Hoya players, only Bowman did not slump. He led the team in rebounds in 15 of the last 17 games of the year. Though he also struggled at the onset of the nine-game losing streak, he shot 46 percent from the field during the final four games of the season compared to 31 percent for the rest of the team. The team averaged 52 points a game during its last four games, and Bowman was responsible for a third of them.[3]

Losing 14 of the final 17 games of the regular season, the team finished the regular season at 13-14 overall and 4-12 in the Big East – the worst conference record it ever had in the 34-season history of the original Big East Conference – and tied for 12th place. It went into the 2004 Big East Tournament with an eight-game losing streak and lost in the first round to Boston College. The tournament loss extended the team's losing streak to nine games, tying the school record for the most games lost in a row set by the hapless 3-23 team of 1971-72.[3]

The team's 13-15 final record was the first losing record for a Georgetown team since the 1998-99 team went 15-16 and only the second since the 1972-73 team posted a 12-14 record. With no postseason play, Georgetown missed the NCAA Tournament for the third year in a row and for the sixth time in seven years. Although the 2001-02 team had no postseason play after Esherick declined an invitation to the 2002 National Invitation Tournament (NIT), the 2003-04 team was the first Georgetown squad to receive no invitation to either the NCAA Tournament or the NIT since 1973-74.

Esherick – a former Georgetown player who had served as a Hoyas assistant coach for 17½ seasons before succeeding John Thompson, Jr. as head coach in January 1999 – had posted a 103-74 (.582) record during his 5½ seasons as head coach. He also recruited future stars Jeff Green, Roy Hibbert, and Jonathan Wallace, all of whom would debut with the team as freshmen the following season. However, after only one NCAA Tournament appearance during his tenure, three consecutive seasons without an NCAA Tournament appearance, and a sub-.500 performance in 2003-04 that ended with the record-tying losing streak, Esherick was dismissed in March 2004 just after the end of the season.[6] Assistant coaches Mike Riley, Jaren Jackson, and Chuck Driesell also left the team at the end of the season, Riley after 22 seasons as an assistant coach at Georgetown and the other two after a single season of coaching the Hoyas.[7]

Roster[edit]

Source[8]

# Name Height Weight (lbs.) Position Class Hometown Previous Team(s)
0 Ashanti Cook 6'2" 175 G Jr. Inglewood, CA, U.S. Westchester HS
1 Brandon Bowman 6'8¾" 213 F Jr. Santa Monica, CA, U.S. Westchester HS
2 Courtland Freeman 6'9" 227 F/|C Sr. Myrtle Beach, SC, U.S. Socastee HS
3 Omari Faulkner 6'6" 205 F Sr. Memphis, TN, U.S. Hamilton HS
4 Kenny Izzo 6'8" 200 F/C So. Chicago, IL, U.S. Fenwick HS
5 Ray Reed 6'0¾" 163 G So. Inglewood, CA, U.S. Inglewood HS
10 RaMell Ross 6'5¾" 201 G/|F Sr. Fairfax, VA, U.S. Lake Braddock Secondary
14 Matt Causey 6'11½" 171 G So. Gainesville, GA, U.S. Berkmar HS
20 Darrell Owens 6'6" 206 F/G Sr. Napoleonville, LA, U.S. Assumption HS
32 Gerald Riley 6'6" 217 G Sr. Milledgeville, GA, U.S. Baldwin HS
40 Ryan Beal 6'5" 194 G Jr. Coral Gables, FL, U.S. Ransom Everglades School
44 Amadou Kilkenny-Diaw 6'8" 220 F/C Jr. Washington, DC, U.S. St. Albans School
52 Sead Dizdarevic 6'8" 230 F So. Serbia and Montenegro North Highland HS

Rankings[edit]

The team was not ranked in the Top 25 in either the AP Poll or the Coaches' Poll at any time and was never among other teams receiving votes in either poll.[9][10]

2003–04 Schedule and results[edit]

Sources[11][12][13][14][15][16][17][18][19][20][21][22][23][24][25][26][27][28][29][30][31][32][33][34][35][36][37][38][39][40][41][42][43][44][45][46][47][48][49][50][51][52][53][54][55][56][57][58][59][60][61][62][63][64][65][66][67][68]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance Record
Preseason
Sat., Nov. 1, 2003* 2:00pm[69] Israeli All-Stars McDonough GymnasiumWashington, DC W 101-64  N/A exhibition
Regular season
Fri., Nov. 21, 2003* 7:30 p.m. Grambling State MCI Center • Washington, DC W 83-36  5,437 1–0
Sun., Nov. 23, 2003* 3:00pm at Penn State Bryce Jordan CenterUniversity Park, PA W 79-78  8,874 2–0
Tue., Nov. 25, 2003* 7:30pm Coastal Carolina MCI Center • Washington, DC W 81-68  4,189 3–0
Sat., Nov. 29, 2003* 1:00pm Delaware State MCI Center • Washington, DC W 63-54  5,003 4–0
Wed., Dec. 3, 2003* 7:30pm Norfolk State MCI Center • Washington, DC W 76-53  4,314 5–0
Sat., Dec. 6, 2003* 8:00pm Davidson MCI Center • Washington, DC W 71–53  5,657 6–0
Sat., Dec. 13, 2003* 12:00 noon Elon MCI Center • Washington, DC W 91-70  5,683 7–0
Sat., Dec. 20, 2003* 1:00pm Howard MCI Center • Washington, DC W 89–58  4,412 8–0
Mon., Dec. 22, 2003* 7:00pm at The Citadel McAlister Field HouseCharleston, SC W 85–62  2,431 9–0
Sat., Jan. 3, 2004 2:00pm Rutgers MCI Center • Washington, DC W 63-57  8,194 10–0 (1–0)
Tue., Jan. 6, 2004 7:30pm Boston College MCI Center • Washington, DC L 64–72  7,735 10–1 (1–1)
Sat., Jan. 10, 2004 12:00 noon at West Virginia WVU ColiseumMorgantown, WV L 58–62  6,071 10–2 (1–2)
Wed., Jan. 14, 2004 7:30pm at #1 Connecticut Harry A. Gampel PavilionStorrs, CT L 70–94  10,167 10–3 (1–3)
Tue., Jan. 20, 2004 7:30pm St. John's MCI Center • Washington, DC W 71–69  7,203 11–3 (2–3)
Sat., Jan. 24, 2004* 2:00pm #1 Duke MCI Center • Washington, DC L 66–85  20,193 11–4
Mon., Jan. 26, 2004 7:30pm at Providence Dunkin Donuts CenterProvidence, RI L 50–65  10,397 11–5 (2–4)
Sat., Jan. 31, 2004 7:30pm at Miami Convocation CenterCoral Gables, FL W 87–80 OT 5,193 12-5 (3–4)
Thu., Feb. 5, 2004 7:30pm Villanova MCI Center • Washington, DC L 60–75  7,738 12–6 (3–5)
Sat., Feb. 7, 2004 7:00pm Miami MCI Center • Washington, DC W 80–64  10,581 13–6 (4–5)
Wed., Feb. 11, 2004 7:00pm at Virginia Tech Cassell ColiseumBlacksburg, VA L 65–80  6,746 13–7 (4–6)
Sat., Feb. 14, 2004* 2:00pm at Temple Liacouras CenterPhiladelphia, PA L 53–59  6,795 13–8
Wed., Feb. 18, 2004 7:30pm at St. John's Madison Square GardenNew York, NY L 58–65  6,192 13–9 (4–7)
Sat., Feb. 21, 2004 12:00 noon Syracuse MCI Center • Washington, DC L 54–57  15,389 13–10 (4–8)
Tue., Feb. 24, 2004 7:30pm #3 Pittsburgh MCI Center • Washington, DC L 58–68  11,876 13–11 (4–9)
Sat., Feb. 28, 2004 7:00pm at Seton Hall Continental Airlines ArenaEast Rutherford, NJ L 48–75  11,302 13–12 (4–10)
Thu., Mar. 4, 2004 7:00pm at Notre Dame Edmund P. Joyce CenterNotre Dame, IN L 48–61  11,418 13–13 (4–11)
Sat., Mar. 6, 2004 12:00 noon Virginia Tech MCI Center • Washington, DC L 55–60  11,286 13–14 (4–12)
Big East Tournament
Wed., Mar. 10, 2004 2:00pm vs. Boston College Madison Square Garden • New York, NY
(First Round)
L 57–68  19,173 13–15
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll.

References[edit]

  1. ^ " sports-reference.com. Retrieved 11-16-2013.
  2. ^ a b The Georgetown Basketball History Project: The Top 100: 39. Gerald Riley
  3. ^ a b c The Georgetown Basketball History Project: The Top 100: 27. Brandon Bowman
  4. ^ The Georgetown Basketball History Project: The Top 100: 51. Ashanti Cook
  5. ^ a b The Georgetown Basketball History Project: The Top 100: 71. Darrel Owens
  6. ^ Then Georgetown Basketball History Project: Head Coaches
  7. ^ Then Georgetown Basketball History Project: Assistant Coaches
  8. ^ http://www.guhoyas.com/sports/m-baskbl/archive/052405aaa.html
  9. ^ sports-reference.com 2003-04 Big East Conference Season Summary
  10. ^ 2004 NCAA Men's Basketball Rankings - USA Today Coaches Poll
  11. ^ 2012-2013 Georgetown Men's Basketball Media Guide, p. 66.
  12. ^ "The Georgetown Basketball History Project: 2000s Schedules". Retrieved 2013-11-16. 
  13. ^ guhoyas.com 2003-04 Men's Basketball Schedule
  14. ^ espn.go.com Box Score: Grambling State at Georgetown, November 21, 2003
  15. ^ basketball.realgm.com Box Score: Grambling State at Georgetown, November 21, 2003
  16. ^ espn.go.com Box Score: Georgetown at Penn State, November 23, 2003
  17. ^ basketball.realgm.com Box Score: Georgetown at Penn State, November 23, 2003
  18. ^ espn.go.com Box Score: Coastal Carolina at Georgetown, November 25, 2003
  19. ^ basketball.realgm.com Box Score: Coastal Carolina at Georgetown, November 25, 2003
  20. ^ espn.go.com Box Score: Delaware State at Georgetown, November 29, 2003
  21. ^ basketball.realgm.com Box Score: Delaware State at Georgetown, November 29, 2003
  22. ^ espn.go.com Box Score: Norfolk State at Georgetown, December 3, 2003
  23. ^ sports.yahoo.com Box Score: Norfolk State at Georgetown, December 3, 2003
  24. ^ espn.go.com Box Score: Davidson at Georgetown, December 6, 2003
  25. ^ basketball.realgm.com Box Score: Davidson at Georgetown, December 6, 2003
  26. ^ espn.go.com Box Score: Elon at Georgetown, December 13, 2003
  27. ^ basketball.realgm.com Box Score: Elon at Georgetown, December 13, 2003
  28. ^ espn.go.com Box Score: Howard at Georgetown, December 20, 2003
  29. ^ basketball.realgm.com Box Score: Howard at Georgetown, December 20, 2003
  30. ^ espn.go.com Box Score: Georgetown at The Citadel, December 22, 2003
  31. ^ sports.yahoo.com Box Score: Georgetown at The Citadel, December 22, 2003
  32. ^ espn.go.com Box Score: Rutgers at Georgetown, January 3, 2004
  33. ^ espn.go.com Box Score: Boston College at Georgetown, January 6, 2004
  34. ^ basketball.realgm.com Box Score: Georgetown at West Virginia, January 10, 2004
  35. ^ espn.go.com Box Score: Georgetown at West Virginia, January 10, 2004
  36. ^ basketball.realgm.com Box Score: Georgetown at West Virginia, January 10, 2004
  37. ^ espn.go.com Box Score: Georgetown at Connecticut, January 14, 2004
  38. ^ basketball.realgm.com Box Score: Georgetown at Connecticut, January 14, 2004
  39. ^ espn.go.com Box Score: St. John's at Georgetown, January 20, 2004
  40. ^ basketball.realgm.com Box Score: St. John's at Georgetown, January 20, 2004
  41. ^ espn.go.com Box Score: Duke at Georgetown, January 24, 2004
  42. ^ basketball.realgm.com Box Score: Duke at Georgetown, January 24, 2004
  43. ^ espn.go.com Box Score: Georgetown at Providence, January 26, 2004
  44. ^ basketball.realgm.com Box Score: Georgetown at Providence, January 26, 2004
  45. ^ espn.go.com Box Score: Georgetown at Miami, January 31, 2004
  46. ^ basketball.realgm.com Box Score: Georgetown at Miami, January 31, 2004
  47. ^ espn.go.com Box Score: Villanova at Georgetown, February 5,2004
  48. ^ basketball.realgm.com Box Score: Villanova at Georgetown, February 5, 2004
  49. ^ espn.go.com Box Score: Miami at Georgetown, February 7,2004
  50. ^ basketball.realgm.com Box Score: Miami at Georgetown, February 7,2004
  51. ^ espn.go.com Box Score: Georgetown at Virginia Tech, February 11,2004
  52. ^ basketball.realgm.com Box Score: Georgetown at Virginia Tech, February 11,2004
  53. ^ espn.go.com Box Score: Georgetown at Temple, February 14,2004
  54. ^ basketball.realgm.com Box Score: Georgetown at Temple, February 14,2004
  55. ^ espn.go.com Box Score: Georgetown at St. John's, February 18,2004
  56. ^ basketball.realgm.com Box Score: Georgetown at St. John's, February 18,2004
  57. ^ espn.go.com Box Score: Syracuse at Georgetown, February 21,2004
  58. ^ basketball.realgm.com Box Score: Syracuse at Georgetown, February 21,2004
  59. ^ espn.go.com Box Score: Pittsburgh at Georgetown, February 24,2004
  60. ^ basketball.realgm.com Box Score: Pittsburgh at Georgetown, February 24,2004
  61. ^ espn.go.com Box Score: Georgetown at Seton Hall, February 28,2004
  62. ^ basketball.realgm.com Box Score: Georgetown at Seton Hall, February 28,2004
  63. ^ espn.go.com Box Score: Georgetown at Notre Dame, March 4, 2004
  64. ^ basketball.realgm.com Box Score: Georgetown at Notre Dame, March 4,2004
  65. ^ espn.go.com Box Score: Virginia Tech at Georgetown, March 6, 2004
  66. ^ basketball.realgm.com Box Score: Virginia Tech at Georgetown, March 6, 2004
  67. ^ espn.go.com Box Score: Georgetown vs. Boston College, March 10, 2004
  68. ^ basketball.realgm.com Box Score: Georgetown vs. Boston College, March 10, 2004
  69. ^ guhoyas.com "Hoyas Host Israeli All Stars in Exhibition," October 28, 2003.